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December 2021 issue

On the cover of the December issue… Cruising into Castlefield Basin, where the Bridgewater and Rochdale canals meet.

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New Boat Review: Crick show-stopper

Boat Review

Sixty-foot narrowboat Larkrise picked up the Favourite Boat in Show award at this year’s Crick – a real feat, given that it was builder Oakums Narrowboats’ first time at the event.

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A race against time

Cruising the Waterways

Richard and Lucia Holdsworth were cruising to Gloucester in time for the birth of their first grandchild. But would they make it for the big day? Tony Jones went along for the ride

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Power struggle

Green Boating

What’s the green future of inland boat propulsion? The question was heavily discussed in a sustainable boating seminar at August’s Crick Boat Show

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Bridgewater Canal

WW Guide

The pioneering Bridgewater might not represent a boating challenge – but there’s plenty to see on this lock-free canal. James Francis Fox cruises its length…

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Testing Tiger on the Warwickshire Ring

Looking Back

In the summer of 1967, James Billingham took his self-built boat Tiger on its first proper outing – an extensive holiday cruise with his family. Using notes from his original log, he recalls the experience

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A stellar Somerset canal

Explore Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

Can the Bridgwater & Taunton ever attract the attention and investment it deserves? Andrew Denny appreciates this small and beautiful outlier of the network

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The Expense of Upgrades

Second-Hand Boat Ownership

When you buy a second-hand boat, how much can you expect to pay when making important improvements? After two years with cruiser Tardigrade, Mark Langley made some calculations

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Bruce almighty

Looking Back

Diminutive cruiser Bruce was the only craft to navigate the entire Ashton Canal in a protest cruise of 1961. Joseph Boughey recounts its difficult journey

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Floating Library

Art on the Waterways

RV Furor Scribendi is a 57ft narrowboat ‘sculpture’ housing a vast collection of short story books. Launched in May, it recently visited Coventry City of Culture where Paul Miles hopped aboard…

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A major sticking point

Last Word

When Peter Major sent his 52ft vintage narrowboat to be re-bottomed and have the sides brought in, he wasn’t expecting it to end up even wider. He tells WW how the sickening discovery, some 16 years later, means the narrow canal system is now out of bounds...

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